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Three Big Winners from Ending Ethanol Subsidies

by Leticia Phillips on Dec 23, 2011

A day many thought might never arrive is finally just around the corner. Today, December 23rd, Congress finished their work to head home for the holidays, and we can now say confidently that ethanol’s 30-year-old tax credit and import tariff will finally expire on December 31st. Ending these costly and unnecessary subsidies just eight short days from now will save taxpayers money, help lower fuel prices and provide Americans with greater access to advanced renewable fuels like sugarcane ethanol. Let’s take a look at the three big winners from changing ethanol policy. Read More

Clearing Up a Few Tariff Myths

by Leticia Phillips on Dec 15, 2011

You can tell without looking at a calendar that this year’s legislative session in Congress is drawing to a close. Just as an increase in harried shoppers announces the Holidays are here, the volume of unfounded accusations has grown louder as we approach the December 31st expiration for the misguided tariff on imported ethanol. The abundant misinformation signals a desperate attempt by those who benefit from the 30-year-old trade barrier to preserve their protected status. So let’s have an honest debate and clear up a few misconceptions. Read More

73 House Leaders Call for Elimination of Ethanol Tariff

by Leticia Phillips on Dec 13, 2011

Last Friday, a bipartisan group of 73 Members of the House of Representatives joined together to call for an end to the ethanol tax credit and import tariff as scheduled on December 31st. They sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asking that leadership “resist calls to expand or create new ethanol subsidies in the eleventh hour” as the first session of the 112th Congress nears its conclusion. Read More

Unfair Legislation to Extend Tariff

by Leticia Phillips on Dec 06, 2011

On December 2nd, four members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 3552 to extend the import tax on foreign ethanol. Saying that we are disappointed is a gross understatement, especially given that we are 26 days away from expiration and the momentum has been growing to bring a final end to this outdated policy. This handful of policy makers is trying to change the rules to help a few, and they’re doing it at the expense of the American taxpayer. Read More

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